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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

MickyTheIdiot life in the U.S. (231 comments)

I am not sure that this group of people has any business telling me what I need or don't need.

In the U.S. at least cable needs real competition in the broadband market. This is where the main oposition to growth is. We shouldn't be listening to them about anything at all.

It's too bad we live in a country almost entirely run by lobbyists...

yesterday
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

MickyTheIdiot Re:Where Does He Stand On the Issues? (117 comments)

Comparing the EFF to someone like the Koch industries is kind of funny. It's kind of like comparing an ant to a steamroller. Even if the EFF is incredibly strong it isn't going to win.

yesterday
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Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

MickyTheIdiot Re: Still no cure for cancer. (117 comments)

If he used "Duke Sucks" it would lose him some votes.

yesterday
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

MickyTheIdiot Re:Wrong priorities (253 comments)

Again, I think this is a major reason that the tax code IS NOT simplfied. If it was then there many tax giveaways would simply be gone. How the amount of money that is given away to corporate entities is NOT a scandal is itself a scandal, and it's partially pulled off because the tax laws are so hard to understand without a team of lawyers.

4 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

MickyTheIdiot Re:Let's hope (253 comments)

Like the removal of thousands of corporate tax giveaways? Not likely.

4 days ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

MickyTheIdiot Re:Not gonna happen. (165 comments)

Bah. The argument was that there are security flaws that will be used as attacks if the code is on view of the public. It's the classic (meaningless) anti-open source argument. If the code was good then it wouldn't matter if it is viewed or not.

5 days ago
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Time For Microsoft To Open Source Internet Explorer?

MickyTheIdiot Re:Not gonna happen. (165 comments)

So the argument here is that security by obscurity is the only thing that is making it usable?

If that is a case then the whole thing should be killed. It's even worse than I thought it was.

And damn the shoddy business aps that rely on it. Maybe the can actually take responsibility for their mess for once.

5 days ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

MickyTheIdiot Re: Oh yeah, it's "bombing" in the US alright... (288 comments)

You're a little screwed up there. Hollywood accounting is used to "prove" a movie DIDN'T make money, not that it did. It means they don't pay out the percentages of gross that big money actors are paid.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

MickyTheIdiot Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

Let's see, we have Mike Brown, who MIGHT have "attacked," though the witnesses are starting to be questionable.

We have a guy that said "I am not going to jail" and did nothing physically and was choked to death.

We have a kid who had a toy gun who was killed withing 5 seconds and was never given a chance to comply.

We have a guy in a wal-mart who had a toy gun and was given less than a SECOND to comply.

The guy in St. Louis who pointed a gun at the gas station... that's a justified one. We don't care about actual attacks.

Again, what you just called for was authoritarianism. A black guy should apparently hit the dirt whenever a cop drives by.

This is coming from a white guy, FUCK YOU, you are part of the problem.. Stop listening to assholes with an agenda like Bill O'Reilly. Learn to do some critical thinking. It's deliciously ironic you accused me of "parroting" when you're the only who can only spout stereotype and hate.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

MickyTheIdiot Re:People Are Such Babies (218 comments)

The mass protests are about people being killed and are happening because authorities aren't listening.

You have a really stupid false equivalency there...

about a month ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot Re:Maybe I'm missing something (461 comments)

Again, I don't understand why the arguments assume there has to be ONE winner, or that one way wipes out the other way. If we cut BACK on dead animal fuel it will be an improvement. There is room for more than one way to fuel a house.

about 2 months ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot Re:Oh BS (461 comments)

This stinks of another all-or-nothing argument. I would guess that EVERY house will still use mains power. If you can make your own electricity at a decent enough cost it's a net gain, even if you are still connected to the grid. It doesn't solve ALL power problems, but no single system solves all problems.

about 2 months ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

MickyTheIdiot How fast.. (461 comments)

How fast until his business model is made illegal?

Seriously... that's the way it works in the USA right now. Everyone is pro free market until their business model gets twacked by new technology.

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

MickyTheIdiot Re:Under the guise of loophole and law. (289 comments)

I'm sorry, but the way things are going in the US, dark ages is probably not all that hyperbolic. The US could become something like the wasteland that fundamentalism has cause in the Middle-East.

about 2 months ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

MickyTheIdiot Re: Baby meet bathwater (289 comments)

I see no counterargument to his statement. Just personal attack.

about 2 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

MickyTheIdiot Re:Hey, wait a minute... (367 comments)

That's because the world is fucked and nothing maters. At all.

about 3 months ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

MickyTheIdiot Re:And? (367 comments)

Seriously. If the Camel wasn't hurt shut the fuck up.

about 3 months ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

MickyTheIdiot Re:Inverse Wi-fi law (278 comments)

I read an article on this some time back and I unfortunately can't cite where. It stated that the more expensive hotels actually have lower margins of profit than the cheaper hotels and they can't afford to make those amenities for free. Everything is more expensive for them and the profit is lower, so they tend to nickle-and-dime the fees quite a bit more.

about 4 months ago
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Hundreds of Police Agencies Distributing Spyware and Keylogger

MickyTheIdiot Re:who is doing the spying? (72 comments)

I did not RTFA of course, but another possibility is to give the ability to dump kiddie porn on a target's computer to create more suspicion and give them leverage and a PR boost. I used to think the Police were above such things and that the "plant a gun" meme was rare, but as we have seen in St. Louis and making public records available that show the victim might not be a great guy... maybe this happens more than we think.

about 4 months ago

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One strike against No Fly List, more scrutiny to come.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about a year ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "The Jurist reports: A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled Wednesday that those placed on the US government's no-fly list have "a constitutionally-protected liberty interest in traveling internationally by air, which is affected by being placed on the No Fly List." The plaintiffs in the case are 13 US citizens who were denied boarding on flights over US air space after January 2009. Judge Anna Brown hasn't ruled on the constitutionality of the No Fly List yet, and has instructed the attorneys involved to present a roadmap for deciding the remaining issues, but the she has acknowledged that the No Fly List is as a major burden to those on the list and they have the right for that status to be reviewed."
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Facebook marks all Wordpress.com posts as spam during debate on NHS changes.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Facebook seems to have stepped up to a new level (or low) of corporate censorship. The Wordpress.com blog Scriptonite Daily has been posting on bills being debated in the U.K. House of Commons that could cause a large amount of the U.K. National Health Services to be privatized. The debate has gotten surprisingly little coverage and has not been featured on BBC, Sky, or other U.K. media outlets. Facebook quickly started marking the post as spam and requiring to Captcha to share the article. Later it started to remove the share button completely for the article, and finally it started to remove the links to the NHS debate post itself as well as all the times it was shared. Facebook now seems to be adding spam messages to all Wordpress.com post links ("Facebook thinks this site may be unsafe. If you're not familiar with it, please provide feedback by marking it as spam"), and is starting to cause problems (like constant calls for Captcha) for other unrelated sites like Geoff Wessel's Atypical Comics."
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Hugo Awards UStream stopped for "copyright infringement"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Viewers using UStream to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony on Sunday were surprised when Neil Gaiman's acceptance speech for his award for his "The Doctor's Wife" Doctor Who script was cut off by a message that said "Worldcon [the UStream account name] banned for copyright infringement." How in the world was a live awards show perpretrating copyright infringement? They weren't. Gaiman's speach was preceeded by clips of his episode and other clips nominated for this year's Hugo award, all of which were cleared to be used during the awards ceremony. However UStream's copyright bots killed the broadcast because the clips matched copyrighted material. There was no response from UStream about the problem and the stream was never able to be continued. As of now UStream has not even responded for to complaints about the stream being removed. DMCA fear strikes innocent people again!"
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"My Sister is the Zelda Gymnast... and she's a lifelong gamer."

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Of course we didn't get to see it in the US because of the #NBCfail, but many people were pleasantly surprised to hear one of gymnasts did her floor routine to a medley of Legend of Zelda theme songs. Kotaku has the story behind the gymnast and the routine."
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Why businesses hate free markets

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "After this week of horrible disappointment with the FCC's limp-wristed handling of net neutrality, this Bloomburg Businessweek article sees through the smokescreen and calls out one of the biggest hypocrisies in the U.S. today: big businesses crying not wanting regulation in the name of the free market but making every effort to limit competition in any way possible (including capturing regulatory bodies so they can make up their own rules). With so many regulatory bodies captured by the industries they are supposed to regulate are we really still living in a free economy?"
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TSA Solution: ban electronics.

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  about 5 years ago

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) writes "Part of TSA's great (read reactionary) solution to the dumb terrorist incident on Christmas: turn off wi-fi, TV, phones, and other communication devices in the last hour of flight. This is in addition to the other reactionary measures such as "not keeping items in your lap for the last hour of flight" and being escorted to the toilet. It is apparent our security in the U.S. is run by lunatics."
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"Pirate Finder General"

MickyTheIdiot MickyTheIdiot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wow. From BoingBoing: Secretary of State Peter Mandelson is planning to introduce changes to the Digital Economy Bill now under debate in Parliament. These changes will give the Secretary of State (Mandelson -- or his successor in the next government) the power to make "secondary legislation" (legislation that is passed without debate) to amend the provisions of Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1988). What that means is that an unelected official would have the power to do anything without Parliamentary oversight or debate, provided it was done in the name of protecting copyright. This is corptocracy.

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